Archive for December 17th, 2014

A Month from Matthew – 17

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,


for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  4.17

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Pick up the loose holly leaves,

Sweep the carpet and then,

Pack the wreath away to stay,

In the Christmas-stuff storage bin.

Untwine the silver ribbons,

From chandelier so thin,

Slow down the pace of this place,

For Christmas is over again.


Chop the tree into firewood,

Place used boxes away.

The train for lad (and Dad),

Crate up for the next special day.

Candles and fancy paper,

In the seat by “the bay,”

Right beside the gowns that hide,

The shepherds in each Christmas play.


Does the Spirit of Christmas

Likewise, find Itself packed

And, with the pear tree, to be

In the far away attic stacked?

Oh – It will be used next year,

No luster will be lacked;

Unless abuse or disuse,

Find It broken or sadly cracked.

May the Spirit of Christmas be left intact.

Leave It, please leave It, unpacked!

The more that you choose It,

And prayerfully use It,

The less likely It is to be cracked.

– eab, 12/14/81

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You can please the “god of this world” (2Co 4.4)

– OR

the God of Heaven and Earth.           

You cannot please both!  

-eab, 4/27/09

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Travel ever so far,

Dig ever so deep,

And wait ‘til you think

God’s fast asleep;

But God sleeps not,

Your ways are not hid,

He knows your location,

You’re on His “map grid.”  

– eab,12/17/06

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Charles Dickens published his famous “A Christmas Carol”  12/17/1843.

Dickens Quotes:

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” David Copperfield

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”

“God bless us, every one!”  A Christmas Carol

“And this is the eternal law. For, Evil often stops short at itself and dies with the doer of it! but Good, never.” Our Mutual Friend

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